|Business Never Personal|
|Studio album by|
|Released||July 28, 1992|
|Genre||Hardcore hip hop, golden age hip hop|
|Singles from Business Never Personal|
|Entertainment Weekly||B+ link|
|Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|Washington Post||(favorable) link|
Business Never Personal is the fourth studio album by hip hop duo EPMD, released July 28, 1992 on Def Jam Records. Following mixed criticism of their previous studio effort, 1990's Business As Usual, the duo was able to return to their past acclaim on Business Never Personal. The album is considered the duo's third classic by fans and critics. The record was originally given a rating of 4.5 mics out of 5 in The Source in 1992. The lead single, "Crossover", became its biggest success, nearly reaching the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was about keeping it real and not crossing over to the mainstream, but became EPMD's biggest mainstream success. The duo cut "Head Banger" with Redman and K-Solo was also a hit in 1992. The album was later certified Gold in sales by the RIAA on October 13, 1992. The single "Crossover" was certified Gold on November 16, 1992. While it has yet to feature a U.S. reissue, Business Never Personal has been re-released in 2005 on vinyl in Europe.
Members Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith began having money troubles during recording, which led to a 1992 robbery of Smith's home. The perpetrators claimed that Erick Sermon paid them to do the deed, causing the group to break up soon after this release. They each released two solo albums between 1993 and 1996, then reunited as a duo in 1997.
|2||"Nobody's Safe Chump"||EPMD||EPMD||2:12|
|3||"Can't Hear Nothing But the Music"||EPMD, Charlie Marotta||EPMD||3:37|
|5||"Head Banger"||EPMD||EPMD, K-Solo, Redman||4:52|
|6||"Scratch Bring It Back, Pt. 2 [Mic Doc]"||DJ Scratch, Mr. Bozack||EPMD||3:04|
|8||"Cummin' at Cha"||EPMD||EPMD, Das EFX||4:03|
|9||"Play the Next Man"||EPMD||EPMD||3:36|
|10||"It's Going Down"||EPMD||EPMD||4:12|
|11||"Who Killed Jane?"||EPMD||EPMD||3:47|
- "I Can Feel It in My Bones" by Earth, Wind & Fire
- "The Assembly Line" by Commodores
- "Slow Down" by Brand Nubian
- "If It Don't Turn You on (You Oughta Leave It Alone)" by B.T. Express
- "The Payback" by James Brown
Nobody's Safe Chump
- "Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out" by Bobby Womack
- "Wah Wah Man" by Young-Holt Unlimited
- "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
- "The New Style" by Beastie Boys
Can't Hear Nothing But the Music
- "Give Me Your Love" by Barbara Mason
- "It's a New Day" by Skull Snaps
- "School Boy Crush" by Average White Band
- "Jungle Boogie" by Kool and the Gang
- "Street Thunder" by Foreigner
- "Atomic Dog" by George Clinton
- "UFO" by ESG
- "It's Funky Enough" by The D.O.C.
- "My Melody" by Eric B. & Rakim
- "Impeach the President" by The Honey Drippers
- "Papa Was Too" by Joe Tex
- "One of Those Funky Things" by Parliament
- "Slow Down" by Brand Nubian
- "Surprises" by The Last Poets
Scratch Bring It Back, Pt. 2 [Mic Doc]
- "Duck Down" by Boogie Down Productions
- "I Like It" by The Emotions
- "Scenario" by A Tribe Called Quest
- "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss
- "UFO" by ESG
- "Rampage" and "I'm Mad" by EPMD
Cummin' at Cha
- "Straight Outta Compton" by N.W.A
- "Smokin Cheeba-Cheeba" by Harlem Underground Band
- "How I Could Just Kill a Man" by Cypress Hill
- "25 ta Life" by D-Nice
- "Teddy's Jam" by Guy
- "They Want EFX" by Das EFX
- "Breath Control II" by Boogie Down Productions
- "Underground" by EPMD
- "Hot Pants" by James Brown
Play the Next Man
- "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk [Pay Attention - B3M]" by Parliament
- "Raw" by Big Daddy Kane
- "Can't Truss It" by Public Enemy
- "Jingling Baby" by LL Cool J
It's Going Down
- "Paul Revere" by Beastie Boys
- "I Want You" by Marvin Gaye
- "You’re Getting a Little Too Smart" by The Detroit Emeralds
- "Long Red" by Mountain
- "The Big Beat" by Billy Squier
Who Killed Jane?
Album Chart Positions
|Billboard 200||Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums|
|1992||Business Never Personal||#14||#5|
Singles Chart Positions
|Billboard Hot 100||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||Hot Rap Singles||Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales|
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